• Chiang Mai's Mok Fa waterfall rages following rain. Photo: @K5_Rescue (Reung Jing Phan Lens)
  • Chiang Mai's Mok Fa waterfall rages following rain. Photo: @K5_Rescue (Reung Jing Phan Lens)

Flooding fears in the North as rain continues to fall

national July 18, 2017 13:08

By The Nation

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Officials in Chiang Mai’s 25 districts are closely monitoring tropical cyclone Talas as it crosses upper Laos and is set to become a tropical depression and then a low-pressure system over the coming days.



Continuous rain continued to fall in the North on Tuesday.

Officials at Chiang Mai’s Doi Suthep-Pui National Park are carrying out hourly inspections of the situation after large volumes of water gushed from its waterfalls, including Mae Sa, Tad Mok and Mok Fa, on Monday evening and the surrounds became muddy.

Although people were allowed to visit the waterfalls on Tuesday, they were advised not swim at the Tad Mok and Mok Fa falls.

Chiang Mai’s Wiang Haeng district reported a landslide on a road in tambon Muang Haeng on Tuesday but officials promptly cleared the road.

In Mae Ai district, there was flooding in two villages in tambon Ban Luang, where officials are assessing damages.

On Monday, Interior Minister General Anupong Paochinda instructed all district chiefs in several northern provinces to brace for heavy rain and possible floods and landslides. 

But he said the rain had a silver lining - upstream dams received water.

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